Alexander Angus, MM



Feb 12, 1899

Born at Glasgow Scotland


Apr 1, 1910

Embarked the HMS Hesperian at Glasgow Scotland to be sent to Canada as a “Home Child”



Apr 11, 1910

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to the Fairknowe Home, Brockville Ontario, initially opened by Mr William Quarrier from Scotland.  This home was eventually operated by the Quarriers charity 

It is worthy to note that his sister, Jeannie Angus had been sent to the same home 6 years earlier, in July 1905 and was still there.


Below are 2 photos of the Fairknowe Home, on the left as it was in 1911 and on the right as it stood in 2011



Feb 2, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Number 639285

Ø      Next of kin given as Jean Angus (sister) of the Fairknowe Home, Box 437, Brockville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

A note is in the file from Claude A Winters, manager of the Fairknowe Home giving his consent for Alexander Angus to enlist for Overseas Service, as he was his guardian.


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Witley Camp


Nov 1, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 119th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 12, 1916

Will made out leaving estate to his sister, Jean Angus, of the Fairknowe Home, Brockville Ontario


Jan 9, 1917

TOS the 156th Battalion at Bramshott


Jan 12, 1917

Admitted to the Isolation Hospital at Aldershot diagnosed with Mumps


Oct 5, 1917

Address for next of kin changed to read Miss Jean Angus, 24 Nickle St, Copper Cliff Ontario


Feb 2, 1918

Discharged from hospital 

Awarded the Good Conduct Stripe


Feb 28, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 3 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and assigned to #16 Platoon, “D” Coy 

The Battalion was in the Support Trenches near the Wancourt-Cherisy Road


Sep 20, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Nov 21, 1918

Award of the Military Medal is announced in the War Diary


Dec 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Feb 20, 1919

Granted 13 days leave to England


Mar 13, 1919

Rejoined the Battalion in Belgium from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre and proceeded to England



Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


May 12, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 237368

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Copper Cliff Ontario

Ø      Discharged by reason of Demobilization


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31430


This was awarded for his actions in late September1918 during the advance East of Amiens


Sep 6, 1921

Change of address sent in with new address of 412 Wellesley St, Toronto Ontario


Nov 11, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Copper Cliff Ontario. 

There is no indication that they were returned, so the assumption is that they were forwarded on to him.


Apr 18, 1958

Alexander Angus died while a patient of thet Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Ontario and was buried in the Pine Hills Cemetery in Toronto

Clipping courtesy of Sharon Munro


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